Motivational Monday

Motivational Monday with Colleen Schaible

Motivational Monday, a Monday tradition at Bike Shop Girl, my goal to keep you motivated and to be striving on the bike even during a hard week or long hours at work. Are you a woman that bicycles? Fill out this easy form and be part of our motivational movement!

What’s your name and location?

Colleen Schaible, Farmington NY

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Road cycling

What is your first cycling memory?

My first pink Barbie bike and the day my dad took the training wheels off…I was wearing a pink windbreaker and it was fall and there were beautiful leaves on the gound! He took the training wheels off and away I went! I didn’t look back until I hit college and then upon turning 30 I was reaquainted with a bike and a new type of riding, now I will never look back!

Who inspires you to ride, and better yet WHY?

My husband inspires me to ride and inspires me to be my best! He was the person to re-introduce me to the joy that is riding a bike and then showed me the courage to take my riding to the next level.

What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?

I think my best moment was a local ride called the Tour de Thompson here in Brisotl, NY when I first met a group of local riders from a team I am now a member of…the ride was 63 miles and about 6000 feet of climbing over some tough grades! I put the boys in the hurt locker that day :) it was a great feeling that I try to tap in to time and time again on the road!

Tell us all about your bikes

My favorite bike is my Specialized S Works Ruby road bike with amazing Zipp 303 wheels! It is black and white with a bit of red! My new toy is a Specialized Transition time trial bike that I hope to shred some time trial fields with next year. It is red and white with a bit of blk! I also have a Specialized Tri Cross that I bought to ride in the winter weather here in UNY. As you can see, I am a huge fan of Specialized!!!

Shelley Childers

Motivational Monday with Shelley Childers

Motivational Monday, a Monday tradition at Bike Shop Girl, my goal to keep you motivated and to be striving on the bike even during a hard week or long hours at work. Are you a woman that bicycles? Fill out this easy form and be part of our motivational movement!

What’s your name and location?

Shelley Childers – Charlotte, NC

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Mountain biking

What is your first cycling memory?

Getting my white Huffy ‘BMX’ bike for Christmas when I was about 10.

Who inspires you to ride, and better yet WHY?

I have to admit that my friends inspire me. There are so many different levels of skillset and they all represent the ‘why’ part of this question. The inexperienced riders are the most vulnerable on the trail and helping them understand how to clear a TTF or to merely feel more comfortable on the bike gives me a warm and fuzzy. Seeing the smiling faces after their first ride is the inspiration for me to continue to ride and learn more about this sport so I can help others.

What has been your best moment on the bike this year?

My best moment this year was not necessarily ‘on’ the bike, but rather teaching disable children how to ride their bikes. I have volunteered the last 4 yrs at a camp called ‘Lose The Training Wheels’. It is here in Charlotte(and all over the US) sponsored by the Autism Foundation of the Carolinas. It is a weeklong camp for kids who need a little help with the basics. The goal at the end of the week is to have the kids on a true two-wheels bike. For more information please check out their website here.

All About my Bikes

2007 Gary Fisher Hi-Fi Pro 26” & 2011 Salsa El Mariachi 29er

Liz Hatch Photo

The Bike Industry Needs More Women Like Liz Hatch

The name Liz Hatch is a sensitive subject in the women’s cycling peloton .  The sexy blonde has made many pro women cringe.  Last year I mentioned her name during an interview with Team Vera Bradley and they weren’t happy.  Why?  Some call her a wanna be. Not fast enough to compete with the great girls.  Some call her a sand bagger.

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Cynthia Chin Motivational Monday

Motivational Monday: Cynthia Chin

What’s your name and location?

Cynthia Chin, the tropical climes of Kuching, Sarawak (Malaysian Borneo).

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Both road and trail.

What is your first cycling memory?

Learning how to cycle on an old red raleigh (over 30 years ago), zipping downslope and crashing into my neighbour’s fence. I swear you can still see the dent today.

Who in the current cycling industry inspires you, and better yet WHY?

Riders: Georgena Terry, for having women in mind when it come to bikes. The bunch of people I ride with, for putting me on a bike every time. The women riders of my town, for riding with me, and for riding. Period.

What was your best moment on a bike in 2010?

Learning to go offroad.

In the next year, what are your goals with cycling and pushing yourself forward in 2011?

Commute to work, ride at least 100km a week, minimum. Increase my cadence, lower my heart rate.

My Bikes, are you curious?

My rides: Road: Fuji Roubaix 3.0 Hardtail: Fuji Tahoe Comp.

Motivational Monday, a Monday tradition at Bike Shop Girl, my goal to keep you motivated and to be striving on the bike even during a hard week or long hours at work. Are you a woman that bicycles? Fill out this easy form and be part of our motivational movement!

Tough Chik

Motivational Monday : Shannon Carson

A Monday morning tradition that we are starting to keep you motivated and to be striving for your goals even during a hard week or long hours at work.   Do you know someone that motivates and inspires you?  Send us your answers and photo to girly@BikeShopGirl.com

Sorry guys, I never pressed publish on this yesterday morning.. So Monday but a day late!

What’s your name and location?

Shannon Carson, Owner of Tough Chik – Mission Viejo, CA

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Road, but I do dabble in the mountains

What is your first cycling memory?

My husband actually taught me to ride in my 20’s. I had a hard tail Trek and we took it for a spin on a large paved trail in the Dallas Suburbs. I got spooked by a group of people coming the opposite way, fearing the sidewalk wasn’t big enough for the both of us. I swerved off the path and my front tire got stuck in between the concrete and the grass and I fell off. My trip computer flew off the bike and a group of young kids ran off with it! Luckily I was in love and stuck with it!

Tough Chik

Who in the current cycling industry inspires you, and better yet WHY?

Jacke Van Woerkom – She runs a non-profit organization in Southern California called Trail Angels. The goal is to help other women discover mountain biking as well as discover the confidence and camaraderie that goes with riding. The Trail Angels’ vision statement reads: “To grow and develop a group of women mountain biking enthusiasts and create a symphony of characters that come together and strengthen one another spiritually and physically.”

“On Jan. 8, 2004, something happened that changed the Trail Angels and everyone in it forever.
A 2-year-old mountain lion killed expert mountain biker Mark Reynolds in Whiting Ranch and hid the body in the brush. No one knew. Hours later, Trail Angel Anne Hjelle, 30, happened to be on the same trail. Hjelle was attacked by the same lion. Her riding partner, Debi Nichols, arrived within minutes. Horrified, she jumped off her bike and pulled her bloody friend from the lion’s jaws, saving Hjelle’s life. Several minutes later, other Trail Angels arrived at the scene; Van Woerkom was among them. The tragedy could have ended the club. But instead it did just the opposite. It bound everyone together. Overnight, membership doubled to more than 100 riders.

On Nov. 28, 2006, Trail Angel Christy Kirkwood wrapped up a ride with fellow member Debbie Brown. The pair was in the bicycle lane on Santiago Canyon Road. A car veered and killed Kirkwood, a Garden Grove school teacher.

Again, with the help of Van Woerkom, the Trail Angels banded together. And, again, membership doubled, this time to nearly 250 riders.

For most of us, the saying “what doesn’t kill you, will make you stronger” is just a cliché. But for Van Woerkom and the Trail Angels you could say the saying is a code. Today, the club’s logo includes the paw print of a mountain lion.

Last year MTBChick.com (mountain bike chick), honored Van Woerkom as one of the “Five Most Influential Women in SoCal Cycling.” In the citation, MTBChick.com stated. “Jacke has the energy of an army of women.”

Van Woerkom also rides horses, sky dives and surfs. But, always, she returns to the Trail Angles and her family for sustenance, never forgetting the lesson she learned in the ’90s. Balance.

During a recent talk at REI, she discussed the importance of including one’s self in the equation, along with career and family.

It’s also is a theme she talks about on her website, changinggearscoach.com .

“If you find a place to release stress and relish in what you are passionate about for a few hours,” she says, “you have so much more of yourself to give back to everyone.”

(Quoted from an article in the OC Register)

What was your best moment on a bike in 2010?

On January 29th I fell off my bike suffering a compound fracture in my right forearm and a slash requiring 14 stitches across my cheek. After 3 days in the hospital and 3 months of physical therapy I was able to get back on my bike. After being sidelined for almost 3 and a half months, it was the most freeing experience on the bike. I was a little apprehensive at the beginning but rode the 25 mile loop with little fear. I was relieved to find that although my arm was a little sore and uncomfortable, my spirit and love for cycling was even stronger!

In the next year, what are your goals with cycling and pushing yourself forward in 2011?

I am currently training for the AIDS/Lifecycle which is a 7 day, 545 mile ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles in June. I also plan on competing in my first triathlon.

Learn More About Shannon at her company Tough Chick

Raleigh Clubman Fenders

Go Ride Your Bike Today

A post over at Kent’s Bike Blog reminded me of a simple thing that all of the readers will probably agree to, bike rides are awesome.   You don’t have to go for an epic ride,  or get geared up in spandex.   Often all we need in life is to get on the bike and pedal for a short while, you’ll come back nice and recharged for the day.

Did You Ride Today?

Tell us about your bike ride, take a photo of your bike, share your story with us!   If you are on Flickr add it to our group, if you are on Facebook add it to our wall, Tweet it or simply leave a comment below.

Personally, I’ll be riding at lunch today.  It will be time to de-stress and move forward into the weekend.

New Years Resolution

2011 Cycling Resolutions

My resolutions were simple, and parallel much of my 2011 season list we touched on last week.  I want to make a keynote that I want to know your resolutions and how we can make each other accountable for them!

Drum Roll Please

  • Start riding on the road
  • Start actively riding 3+ times a week
  • Fill in the other days with working out and yoga
  • Start racing as much as financially possible
  • Give up coffee and coke, none/zero/nada!

Breaking It Down

At the end of the day I want to make myself, sponsors and friends proud.

The Best of 2010 at Bike Shop Girl

One of the best things I enjoy about ringing in a new year is looking back at 2010 and taking inventory.

A recap of sorts, we’ll touch on popular post, link traffic in, and Bike Shop Girl elsewhere in the world.

Most Popular Post in 2010

The Bicycle Industry is Regressing – In 2011 I plan on picking up the podcast with more steam and bringing many people in (not all women!) to touch on this subject more from behind enemy lines.

Women in the Bike Industry – Who is to Blame? - Another one of those that tickled those women that work in the bike industry, or try to shop within a male dominated industry.  We will continue to make forward progress and continue to teach store managers, owners and suppliers how to better server all customers (especially women.)

Thank God for Spandex – I’ve Gotten Fat - This officially change officially starts tomorrow with a bike ride and detox.  Water, green tea and salad, but I’m open to more educated suggestions.

I was Hit by a Car on Friday – This was originally posted on Arsbars.com, and has many, many, many loving and thoughtful comments.  You, my readers can never understand how much your support through the recovery has helped me.

Safety is Important - Only days before my accident on October 1st 2010, I wrote about how safety is important and cyclist have no chance against automobiles.

SRAM Force Brakes, Breaking? - I pissed off my media contact at SRAM for pulling this old news out of the sewer, but I still feel like people should be reminded to check their NOS (new old stock) brakes as they keep resurfacing.

Women’s Designed 29ers – Gary Fisher has done it and introduced 29ers with a women’s fit and part.  Amen, I’m excited and can’t wait to get my hands on one for review!

Another Cyclist Hit in Charlotte, NC - One of many cyclist injured or killed in 2010 within our region.  Sad and sickening.

Can I Wear Men’s Cycling Shorts? - YES, but know what to look for.

Top Referrers to Bike Shop Girl in 2010

Commute By Bike - As you know I sold this site in October, but hope to start contributing again in 2011

Kent’s Bike Blog – Dear Kent whom wrote kind words of encouragement to get me back on the bike

Cycling Weapons of Mass Destruction

Arsbars - My own personal site

Bicycling Design - Educate yourself on design an upcoming technology

District Cycling – Mostly a podcast, centered around road cycling and Washington D.C

Bike to Work Barb - I can’t forget Barb, whom started a hashtag for me on Twitter! #youcanride

Found Elsewhere in 2010

Bike Shop Girl NAHBS on YouTube – I was fortunate enough to do quick/dirty interviews for NAHBS 2010.  Looking back I had a lot to learn, but glad I was fortunate to help!

Bike Shop Girl on Facebook -  I don’t utilize this channel as much as I should, but at the time of writing this there are 880 people liking the page, and I’m honored

Bike Shop Girl on Twitter - @BikeShopGirlcom I enjoy twitter and have been active since 2008 with my personal account @arsbars.  With @BikeShopGirlcom I try to dedicate my tweets to cycling oriented, retweeting or promoting the site and others.  At the time of writing this I have 3,457 followers and 2,825 tweets.   (Compared to @arsbars with 1,157 followers and 5,827 tweets)

Tomorrow is my Birthday, This is What I’m Wishing For

November 13th is the day that I annually turn one year older, or my mother reminds me that she was in labor for four painful days with me. Either way, I’m going to be older which means I’ll be wiser.   I plan on getting up before the sun, riding my yet to be unveiled bicycle and then go golfing with my parents.

In an effort to take steps forward with my life, and in hopes that I’ll be the change I want to see in the world I am going to publish my wish list of various things.  Please add your own in the comments! Read More